We present you Amanda from A Dangerous Business. She’s from Ohio and has been to more than 30 countries in 4 different continents. Besides a big obsession with the “Lord of the Rings” (that is why she visited New Zealend to check where the movie was filmed) she also loves to travel and has a Journalism degree.
In 2012 she made a rap song about Go(ing) with Oh to London.
She’s answering our questions and sharing with us her experiences and thoughts.
1. How long have you been travelling?
I’ve been traveling seriously for 4-5 years; I took a few short trips during my university years, but it was really after I graduated (and started my travel blog) that I started traveling more frequently and to further-away destinations.
2. Which one of you trips was the craziest one?
Hard to say! I’ve been on quite a few trips that some would call crazy – going to the Arctic tundra in the winter, when temperatures reach -40 degrees; covering a dozen countries in Europe in just two months; going to New Zealand to tour “Lord of the Rings” filming locations… I’ve had my fair share of crazy (and memorable) adventures.
3. If you could travel back in time, where would you go? Why?
Ooo, great question! I would love to go back to San Francisco in the 60s or maybe back to the Roaring Twenties just out of sheer curiosity. The history nerd in me would love to go back to, like, Elizabethan England.
4. Think of a single song that you could listen on repeat while travelling, which one would it be?
I don’t think I can choose a favorite song! I CAN, however, listen to the “My Head is an Animal” album by Of Monsters and Men over and over again.
5. Being a female solo traveler, what’s the best advice you can give to all the women that also want to travel solo?
I would tell them to just be smart – listen to your gut and don’t do anything abroad that you wouldn’t do at home. To be honest, it’s no more or less dangerous for a woman to travel solo than for her to do something alone at home.
Family and friends can make it SEEM much more dangerous and scary, though. Just ignore these people. If you want to travel solo, then you go, girl.
6. Taking in consideration your bucket list, what is the most important thing that you want to do next?
Hmmm. My bucket list is constantly growing. I hope to cross off a few items in New Zealand later this year, like hiking the Tongariro Crossing and swimming with fur seals. But after that? I want to see the fjords of Norway! Hoping to tick that off next summer.
7. What did you like the most about climbing the Great Wall of China?
It was quite some time ago, but I can still remember how much my legs were burning after climbing just a small section of it – those steps are STEEP! I think the part I liked most was the surreal moment of standing in one of the watch towers and realizing that I was standing atop a piece of history.
8. From all your Photo Essays, what was the most pleasing one to take part?
I love photography – especially when I’m traveling. My photos represent some of my best travel memories, and I enjoy scrolling through old albums on my computer from time to time. One of my favorite recent photo essays is “My Big Fat Greek Islands Photo Essay”. I LOVED the Greek Islands, and this post has a lot of my favorite photos from the 2 weeks I spent there.
I also really like “Temples Galore at Angkor” because the Angkor temple complexes in Cambodia are just so fascinating, and “New York City: All in the Details” showcases some of my best NYC photography.
9. And what’s your favourite Instagram photo?
With nearly 1,000 photos on Instagram, how can I possibly choose a favorite? My most popular photo so far was this one, of a partially-frozen Lake Louise in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.
10. Pick one situation for each destination:
A. Live for one year
B. Travel for two weeks
C. One-day trip
Jamaica / Iceland / Peru
Live for one year: Iceland
Travel for two weeks: Peru
One-day trip: Jamaica
11. What is your favorite hobby while you’re not travelling?
I love reading and writing, but I also love being active – but not in typical ways. I like riding my bike, I go to an adult gymnastics class, and I still break out my tap shoes every now and then.